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Mark Ronson is a little like Diplo and Damon Albarn, in that whatever they touch seems to turn into gold. His production is always tight, bright with horns and molded perfectly to whoever is providing vocal talent. In this case, he teams up with Bruno Mars on “Uptown Funk” to channel their best 80’s era Prince, and they absolutely nail it. Even through the filter of a “Drums on Acid” remix, the little purple likeness holds true, although with a much different hook.

Tchami stopped by Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio 1 to throw down an hour’s worth of delectable “future bass or nu house or whatever you want to call it.” (paraphrasing Diplo) It’s not something you’d expect to come from a guy dressed in a Catholic priest’s frock, but then that’s probably why he does it. It looks like French producers are poised to enjoy the same surge of attention and tour dates that Australian producers have been immersed in for the past two years.

Rounding out the week with another mix from Hot Since ’82, and “after-hours” mix he put together for Pete Tong, which according to the host is a mix from a stack of records you might hear your friend run through after getting home from the club. It’s laid back, as expected from the young producer, who looks to be set for another productive and tour-heavy year.

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